The Broken Locket (1909)

Run Time - 11 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Advertised by Biograph studios as a "Contemporary Temperance Melodrama," D. W. Griffith's The Broken Locket was filmed in part at Edgewater, New Jersey, near the Hudson Palisades. Not wishing to break his fiancee's heart, a young drunkard vows to go "cold turkey." As good as his word, he leaves for the Big City to make his fortune but not before giving his sweetheart one-half of a locket as a remembrance. Alas, our hero becomes entangled with a seductress, who spitefully sends a letter to the heroine, falsely claiming that her boyfriend has been killed. The girl's grief manifests itself into temporary blindness, while the young man, led astray by the big-city temptress, once again descends into drunkenness. Hero and heroine are reunited at the end, but while the "broken locket" shared between them is repaired, their relationship, sadly, is irreparable. Mary Pickford, Frank Powell and Kate Bruceare among the Griffith regulars appearing in this one-reel heart-tugger.

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alcoholism, blindness [physical], deception, going-straight, grief, letter, seduction, tragic-love